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In Defense of Extravagance

Author: Jennifer Holberg, associate professor of English
Posted on: Nov 24, 2009

Scrapbooks and cakes, even in superabundance, are perhaps little to show for a life. Yet, they are undeniable witnesses to the heart of the gospel—and one of the scandals of the cross: God’s lavish gesture of love.

Chasing Emily: A Review of ‘Emily’s Ghost’

Author: Jennifer Holberg, Professor of English
Books & Culture online
Posted on: Sep 22, 2009

Emily Brontė hears dead people.

Or at least she does according to the latest entry in the Brontė family literary sweepstakes, Denise Giardina’s Emily’s Ghost. To be fair, Emily only gets all Sixth Sense-y in the beginning and ending sections of Giardina’s novel (somehow, I guess, the otherworldly presences just aren’t as convenient or necessary in the vast middle chapters of the novel). And lest the reader believe that these voices are evidence of schizophrenia or a matter of purely imaginative inner dialogue (the latter a possibility that Anne Brontė raises at one point in the novel), Giardina has her Emily affirm quite forcefully the reality of her auditory companions. What’s more, Giardina’s Emily is ardently and actively political (a Chartist, no less); strongly and nobly rebellious against everything well-established in early Victorian society; and the participant in a passionate, if unconsummated, romance. Throw in a pinch of plot elements taken from Jane Eyre and a dash of Jo March-style hair-chopping, and you begin to get the idea of the portrait of Emily Brontė this book gives us.

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Dickens In Mumbai

Author: Roy Anker, professor of English
Books and Culture
Posted on: Mar 9, 2009

When British direct or Danny Boyle hits his mark, no matter the genre, hardly anyone moves a story better.

A book made of scraps: Toni Morrison’s mending

Author: Jane Zwart, professor of English
Books and Culture
Posted on: Feb 17, 2009

Jane Zwart gives a peek into Toni Morrison’s new novel, A Mercy.

On the Launch of The Solzhenitsyn Reader

Author: Ed Ericson
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Posted on: Nov 21, 2008

Listen to the lecture given at the book launch for The Solzhenitsyn Reader: New and Essential Writings, 1947-2005

A Song: Of Aaron

Author: Deborah Reinstra
The Other Journal
Posted on: Nov 21, 2008

And the Lord struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made.
—Exodus 32:35